NJ judicial panel dumps changes in public schools testing

David Madden
January 01, 2019 - 10:15 am
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A three-judge panel has thrown out a part of the complicated requirements necessary for New Jersey public school students to graduate.

The decision, handed down on Monday, affects a change scheduled to take effect for the class of 2020. 

Requirements that students pass Algebra one and 10th grade English conflict with a state law that mandates a single test in grade 11. The order, which takes effect in a month, gets rid of those tests in sophomore year, which were scheduled for the spring.

Confused? That’s been the problem with PARCC tests for years, and Gov. Phil Murphy had promised as a candidate to get rid of them. But he did cut them back. 

As for what happens next, that depends. The education department could appeal to the state supreme court. Legislators could also change the rules. And Murphy could come up with a new plan.